Francophone Community of Today
Vibrant, complex and changing, the French-speaking community in Ontario is made of Francophones born in Ontario, other parts of Canada, and increasingly, around the world. While they all share French as a common language, each group contributes to the unique heritage, cultural practices and settlement history of the Province of Ontario.
A recent joint study by the Office of Francophone Affairs and the Ontario Trillium Foundation provides a snapshot of the trends at play within Ontario’s Francophone communities in five regional areas:
- Algoma, Cochrane, Manitoulin, Sudbury
- Muskoka, Nipissing, Parry Sound, Timiskaming
- Essex, Kent, Lambton
The Ontario Francophonie Awards were created by the government of Ontario in 2006 as part of the 20th anniversary of the French Language Services Act. These awards are a special recognition program that honours citizens who, through their contribution to the political, social, economic and cultural vitality, have made progress possible and played a key role in fostering a stronger Francophone community in Ontario.
In 2010, the Ontario government also created the Youth Francophonie Awards linked to the Government’s ‘Accent on Youth’ strategy which aims to encourage Ontario’s Francophone youth to speak French and to become actively involved in the development of their communities.
The Francophonie Awards are granted every two years.
- Francophone Community Profile of Ontario
- Ontario Francophonie Awards 2010 brochure (PDF)
- Où se trouvent les francophones de l'Ontario? (in French)